Sentinel Photonics is a UK MOD spin-out company that manufactures  laser detection and protection systems.

We protect users and equipment from laser threats using state-of-the-art technologies which were developed by MOD experts.


To supply laser detection and protection systems in order to protect our customers from the hostile use of lasers.


To be world leaders in providing a comprehensive operational advantage to our customers in mitigating the threats posed by lasers.

Our Core Values


We exist to make a real-world difference. We will always prioritise making an impact in our business decisions.

We want our products to have maximum reach, saving lives and protecting our customers from laser threats.


We strive for technical excellence in everything we do.

We are proud of the quality of our products, based on 20+ years of MOD experience and the impact they make for our customers.


We always act with honour and integrity.

We are proud of our business practices and strive to be an influential collaborator with Defence & Security companies.

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

We know this is critical for our success because it builds trust and transparency between us and our key stakeholders. At Sentinel Photonics, honour and integrity are our most prized possessions and are underpin our approach to ethics and reputation. This forms the foundation of how we do business and manifests itself in everything we do, our relationships with customers, industry partners, and shareholders.  We take our responsibilities seriously.

We work hard to understand the impact we have on the environment. and strive to incorporate social responsibility and environmental excellence by incorporating measurable targets to track progress.

The safety and wellbeing of our people is our priority.

We encourage a diverse and inclusive employee base where each person feels respected and able to fulfil their potential.

We encourage a diverse and inclusive employee base where each person feels respected and able to fulfil their potential.   We believe we operate at our best when all our employees are empowered to bring their whole selves to work every day and most importantly have fun. We also ensure, in policy and practice, that a safe and healthy working environment is provided for all employees.


2017 – 2019

Research and development within MOD at Dstl. Intellectual Property secured and developed. Spin out company created


October – first Founder Sean Tipper joins Sentinel Photonics as CTO.

October – first DASA contract secured for LASERD sensor development

December – second DASA contract secured to optimise LASERD algorithm


April – Second Founder Chris Burgess joins as CEO

October – Defence Innovation Fund contract secured to develop LASERD MAX

November – second DASA grant secured for FROST development

November – field trials of LASERD MAX X-model (TRL4)


January – Opened Sentinel Photonics Office & lab at Cody Technology Park

February – first commercial sales of FROST

June – field trial of LASERD MAX Alpha prototypes (TRL5)

September – Seed funding round completed

September – Head of Electronics Stewart Forbes, Head of Software Kevin Broadet and Project Manager Shannon Berridge join Sentinel Photonics

September – Defence Innovation Loan project to commercialise LASERD MAX begun

October – LASERD MAX Beta prototype research begins

November – LASERD MICRO contract secured with MOD

December – Head of Design Chris Byrne joins Sentinel Photonics


January – Rachel Chambers joined the executive team as COO

April – Debbie Pearce joins the as Executive Assistant

May – Chanene Romain joins as Head of Customer Experience & Marketing


Dr Chris Burgess

Founder & CEO

Chris is co-Founder & CEO of Sentinel with responsibility for the business strategy and success. Chris is an experienced lead scientist with a long track record of delivering high impact photonics research during a 15 year career in Dstl. Chris is co-inventor of the key laser detection technology and now provides strategic and technical leadership to all of Sentinel's business areas.

Chris holds a PhD in applied photonics, and a 1st Class MPhys from Oxford University.

Sean Tipper

Founder & CTO

Sean is co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Sentinel Photonics and is responsible for the scientific and technical strategies. As co-inventor of the laser detection technology, and with 5 years experience in the field of electro-optical protection measures within Dstl, Sean brings ample technical know-how and relevant experience to the role.

Sean holds a 1st Class MPhys in Astrophysics.

Rachel Chambers


Rachel is the COO at Sentinel Photonics and is responsible for the operations and commercial strategy and leadership. Rachel has a strong track record of leading change, setting up businesses and supporting scale up and growth. Rachel has extensive experience of working at senior/executive level across all sizes of organization and within a range of markets, including automotive, manufacturing, distribution etc.

Rachel also has a degree in Law and HR.